Bah, Humbug!

What’s so special about Christmas?

What is the big deal about the birth of Jesus Christ? He was crucified with common criminals and he’s been dead for two thousand years. If Jesus was God, or the son of God as some claim, why couldn’t he save himself?

Why make such a big fuss over this holiday?

If that is how you feel, then this is for you.

If you have rejected the Bible as the inspired word of God and Jesus Christ, who is at the center of the Bible, you certainly are a man or woman of great faith.

Yes, it takes a lot of faith to stake your life on the claims of those who have sought and failed to disprove the Bible as truth and have ignored the preponderance of evidence that attests to its authenticity.

The arguments of Biblical skeptics are easily debunked. They often end up butting heads as they come full-circle. The skeptics, in an effort to bolster their claims, strain at gnats, like a few unimportant copyists errors that have occurred through the ages that do not in any way affect the historical facts, central truths or the Christian faith and practice. The few inaccuracies that have occurred are easily discernible and often little more than slips of a pen.

There is more evidence to support the Bible than any other ancient work. The Bible contains many facts that, at the time they were revealed, were considered ridiculous but now have been verified by archeology and science.

The Bible was written by 40 different authors, using different languages, from many different backgrounds, on three continents, over a period of fifteen hundred years. Yet,
it is 100 percent consistent.

But the greatest evidence that the Bible is God’s holy word and that Jesus was God incarnate is fulfilled prophesy. The Bible contains more than one thousand prophecies, 322 on the Messiah, Jesus, alone. None of these prophecies were ever proved false and those yet to be fulfilled relate to the end times and the second coming of Christ.

The odds against all of these prophecies being fulfilled are staggering. In fact, scientists consider that anything beyond one chance in 10 to the 50th power is beyond reason or essentially impossible.

However, Bible critics ask you to assume nothing in the Bible is true unless it is proved correct by some outside source. The Bible should be assumed to be correct until some evidence is brought forth to contradict it. After all, this is the method used to determine the reliability of every other piece of literature.

When you study the Bible and consider the probability of just the prophecies about Jesus being fulfilled, you will discover for yourself that there is little room for doubt.

Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, God in human flesh. He backed up this claim with the most extraordinary event in history. He came back from the dead as He promised. No one has been able to disprove that event!

There is no other religious figure who predicted his own death and resurrection and accomplished it. All other religions are based on a dead founder whose teaching is his only legacy.

Christianity is based on the eternal and living Jesus Christ.

Christ had many enemies. If the Jews or the Romans could have produced a body, or any evidence that Jesus’ body had been stolen, they would have. Certainly, it was not for lack of trying. In fact, the Romans posted a guard at his tomb to make sure nothing happened to the body. A typical Roman guard consisted of 16 men. A guard who failed at his post was subject to the harshest punishment, even crucifixion.

After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples and other followers on several different occasions over a 40-day period before he ascended to Heaven. On one such occasion, He appeared to more than 500 people.

Jesus clearly is the most controversial figure in history. Not because the evidence of His life, death and resurrection is lacking, but because of His message: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6. NAS

However, the greatest evidence that Jesus is real are the lives that have been changed as a result of a relationship with the living Christ.

You owe it to yourself to read the Bible and examine the evidence for yourself. Then, you will discover why Christmas is special.

6 thoughts on “Bah, Humbug!

  1. Thanks very much, Jane, for your beautiful column in WND on What’s So Special About Christmas,” We enjoy greatly all of your columns, so please keep them coming. God bless you – and yours, this Christmas Day! RH

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  2. Jane you say “The Bible was written by 40 different authors, using different languages, from many different backgrounds, on three continents, over a period of 1,500 years. Yet, it is 100 percent consistent”

    If you read the story of the nativity in both Matthew and Luke you will find stark differences. Matthew alone mentions the wise men and the exodus by Joseph and his family to Egypt as well as the slaughter of children by Herod. Luke in contrast states that after Mary’s purification (30 days acording to Leviticus 12:4) Joseph, Mary and Jesus went to Nazareth. There is no mention in Luke of going to Egypt, the slaughter, which would have been too big an issue to not mention, or returning to Nazareth after Herod’s death.

    This is but one of the inconsistancies in the bible. I only mention it because it is concerning the time of year.

    The books of the bible, all of them, were written by men who are fallible and make errors. As far as the gospels are concerned, Matthew and John were the only two who were with Jesus. Luke and Mark got their information second hand, and even Mathew and John differ. John says that the day after his baptism by John the Baptist Jesus began to gather his disciples while Matthew mentions Jesus going into the wilderness and fasting for forty days and then being tested by Satan.

    There are other inconsistencies throughout the bible, but these two refering to Jesus stand out.

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  3. The Bible is the Word of God. Jesus Christ is indeed Lord! But Christmas is PAGAN to its core. You are to keep the Lord’s Passover in memorial of him. You are not honoring him by keeping this pagan ritual.

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  4. Darrel,

    Differences are not the same as inconsistencies. If you and I were asked to record a certain event, I would report the things that were important to me, and you, no doubt, would report others that you consider to be important.

    There are no inconsistencies in terms of the teachings of Jesus or the moral law that was handed down through the Jewish people.

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  5. I differ with you. An inconsistency is a difference, they are the same. As I stated above, the bible, all of it, was written by men and men are not God, they are infallable where He is not. The difference between gathering up deciples tha day after his baptism by John and going off to the wilderness for forty days is an inconsistency.

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  6. Darrel,

    None of the Gospel accounts purports to be a biography of Jesus. The Gospel accounts, while historic in nature, principally are documents of faith recording the events and teachings upon which the four writers based their belief. The sequence of events can be traced with only limited certainty. It is by no means clear whether Jesus’ ministry lasted for 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 years.

    Luke, for example, records very little about John the Baptist and skips from Jeusus’ baptism to his genealogy to his temptation.

    Mark follows suit but skips the genealogy.

    John, on the other hand, does not record a direct account of the baptism but records John the Baptist testimony about Jesus on several different occasions.

    Matthew records a more complete account on John the Baptist and it appears that different events in John’s ministry are simply linked together.

    However, Matthew, Mark and Luke make it clear that after Jesus’ baptism he was led into the wilderness where he was tempted.

    It is also clear from these different accounts that John encounter Jesus on several different occasions.

    “The next day” as recorded in John, refers to one occasion on which John was testifying about Jesus. In this testimony John referenced Jesus’ baptism, but the “next day” was not in reference to that event but was the day after John gave that particular testimony.

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